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If you love paper crafting, then this design is just for you! This FREE Halloween Spooky Spider Paper Lantern is spooktacular and I know that you are going to love it! You can use this craft inside your home as part of your Halloween decor on your mantle or an end table. You could even use it outside on your walkway or on your porch! However, if you use it outside, remember you are making it out of paper, and it will be ruined if it gets wet.

Here are some tips to remember when crafting this project:

  1. The lantern is scaled to be approximately 11.5in height x 4in width x 4in depth. The base of the lantern is 8in height x 4in width x 4in depth. The lantern lid (removeable) is approximately 3.5in height x 4in width x 4in depth. You can adjust the size of the lantern but please know that if you do you may need more sheets of cardstock and/or you may need to adjust your blade speed for the intricate cuts. These instructions and tutorial are based on the lantern size given.
  2. For safety measures, use a flameless candle. I used a color-changing LED tealight candle that was a $1.25. It was the perfect add to make the lantern look fantastic and a little extra spooky.

Halloween Spooky Spider Paper Lantern SVG

-Materials List

  • I am using my Cricut Explore. You could use your Cricut Maker or another similar cutting machine.
  • Cricut Light Grip Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Three (3) sheets of 12in x 12in black cardstock
  • Two (2) sheets of 8.5in x 11in vellum or One (1) 12in x 12in sheet of clear acetate
  • Glue. I am using Art Glitter Glue.
  • Cricut Brayer
  • Ruler or Bone folder tool
  • Flameless Color-changing LED Tealight Candle

Instructions

Step 1: Download the Free Halloween Spooky Spider Paper Lantern SVG

Download the SVG file in my free Resource Library HERE. You can get the password for my library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post.

Save the downloaded zipped folder on your computer. Pay attention to where on your computer the folder downloads and then unzip the folder to extract the contents. The folder and files must be unzipped (extracted) before you can upload the SVG file into your cutting software.

Step 2: Upload the Free Halloween Spooky Spider Paper Lantern SVG File into Design Space

Upload the SVG file into Cricut Design Space. The SVG file will upload grouped together. Select all the contents of the file and click the ungroup button ONCE (and only once) in the upper right corner of your screen.

Step 3: Change Cut Line to SCORE lines

Once the design has been ungrouped, you will need to convert the thin cut lines to a SCORE lines This step is necessary to prevent the design from cutting in multiple pieces. In the LAYERS panel, look for all the thin cut lines. There will be five layers of thin cut lines to select. Click each line and hold the control button to select them all simultaneously; scroll if necessary. Then move over to the OPERATION tab and change it from Basic Cut to SCORE. After clicking score, you will notice that the term in the LAYERS panel will also change to SCORE.

Once you have changed the thin cut lines to SCORE lines, you can hide the lantern base and lantern insert layers. Those will be cut later. You can hide the layers by clicking on the eyeball to the far right on each layer.

Step 4: Duplicate Lantern Lid and Attach the layers

With the lantern base and lantern inserts hidden, you are ready to duplicate the lantern lid. Select the lantern lid and click duplicate in the upper right of your screen. This will duplicate the lid. Rearrange the remaining pieces so that they will all cut on one 12in x 12in black cardstock.

Attach the pieces to the canvas by dragging your mouse across the layers on the canvas screen to create a box around the pieces and score lines. Then, right click in the box you just created, and a pop-up menu will appear. Scroll to find and click the ATTACH button. You can also click the ATTACH button towards the bottom right of your screen. Then click Make it in the upper top corner.

Step 5: Check Mat Preview

After clicking Make it, a new window will open with your mat preview. When you are on this screen, you will see the layers for the two layers for the lantern lid, the long strip for the lantern lid, the top of the lantern lid and the bottom base of the lantern. The score lines will not be visible, but they are there. Check to make sure that your machine will perform both operations: Score and Basic Cut. Look towards the upper left of your screen and find where it shows the operations for score AND basic cut. If you do not see both of these operations, click cancel and repeat step 3 to change the cut line to a score line. If both score and basic cut are visible, click continue at the bottom right.

Step 6: Cardstock Cut Settings

Once you click continue, your next screen will have your material selection menu. For this first cut I will use the Medium Cardstock 80lbs setting. Check again to make sure that your scoring stylus/wheel and blade are loaded. After you have completed this check, you are ready to begin your cut.

Step 7: Load Mat and Cut Materials

Load the mat with your 12in x 12in black cardstock. Use your brayer to secure the cardstock on the mat. Then load the mat into your machine. Make sure that your mat is positioned and lined up according to the mat guides. You will know your machine is ready to cut when you see the flashing “c” button. Press that button to start your cut.

Step 8: Cut the Lantern Base

After you have cut the two layers for the lantern lid, the long strip for the lantern lid, the top of the lantern lid and the bottom base of the lantern, you must return to your main canvas to cut the lantern base. Once you are on the main canvas, hide ALL the layers and score lines you just cut by clicking the eyeball on the respective layers. Find the lantern base layer and click the eyeball to the right of the layer to un-hide the lantern base. Then drag across the lantern base layer and score line to create a box. Right click in the box you just created, and a pop-up menu will appear. Scroll to find and click the ATTACH button. You can also click the ATTACH button towards the bottom right of your screen. Then click Make it in the upper top corner.

A new window will open with your mat preview; check to make sure that your machine will perform both operations: Score and Basic Cut. Once you have confirmed this, click continue.

Once you click continue, your next screen will have your material selection menu. For the lantern base cut, I set my machine to Custom Material and chose the Cardstock for Intricate Cuts. If you do not have this setting, I would recommend choosing a different setting that will slow down your cutting blade. Check again to make sure that your scoring stylus/wheel and blade are loaded. After you have completed this check, you are ready to begin your cut. Load the mat with your second 12in x 12in black cardstock. Use your brayer to secure the cardstock on the mat. Then load the mat into your machine. You will know your machine is ready to cut when you see the flashing “c” button. Press that button to start your cut.

When your cut of the lantern base completes, IMMEDIATELY reload your machine with your third 12in x 12in black cardstock. Click your flashing “c” button and start your cut again.

Step 9: Cut the Lantern Base Insert

After you have cut both lantern base layers, you must return to your main canvas to cut the lantern base insert. Once you are on the main canvas, hide the lantern base layer and score line you just cut by clicking the eyeball on the respective layers. Find the lantern base insert and un-hide the layer by clicking the eyeball to the right of the layer. Then drag across the lantern base layer and score line to create a box. Right click in the box you just created, and a pop-up menu will appear. Scroll to find and click the ATTACH button. You can also click the ATTACH button towards the bottom right of your screen. Then click Make it in the upper top corner.

A new window will open with your mat preview; check to make sure that your machine will perform the Basic Cut. Once you have confirmed this, click continue.

Once you click continue, your next screen will have your material selection menu. For the lantern insert, I set my machine to Custom Material and chose the Vellum setting. After you have made your selection, you are ready to begin your cut. Load the mat with your vellum sheet. Use your brayer to secure the vellum on the mat. ***PRO TIP: Make sure your Light Grip mat is very sticky, the vellum can be easily shifted as it cuts. If necessary, you can use painters’ tape to secure the edges.***

***If you are using a 12in x 12in acetate sheet, on the main canvas you must duplicate the insert layers so that your machine will cut four rectangles. Then on the Materials Selection Menu, choose the Foil Acetate in your Custom material. Load your mat with your acetate sheet and use your brayer to secure the sheet to the mat.***

Then load the mat into your machine. You will know your machine is ready to cut when you see the flashing “c” button. Press the button to start your cut.

When your cut of the lantern insert completes, IMMEDIATELY reload your machine with your second 8.5in x 11in vellum sheet. Click your flashing “c” button and start your cut again.

Step 10: Assemble the Free Halloween Spooky Spider Paper Lantern SVG Design!

Phew! Finally, we have come to the end of cutting and it’s time to assemble the lantern. Be sure to watch this video of the assembly. Happy Crafting!!

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Download this Free Halloween Spooky Spider Paper Lantern SVG design in my FREE resource library. The password to access my FREE resource library is always at the bottom of my newsletter. Use the Design Number to find the file inside the library.

Design #71–Spooky Spider Paper Lantern SVG–FREE cut file, available in my resource library

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Last but Not Least

Friendly Reminder: These designs are not to be distributed outside of this blog post.  You are welcome to use these designs for personal or commercial use up to 200 uses in your own home. Please visit my Terms of Use and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. Thanks for your support and understanding.

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